Normally when a coach makes a player cry that isn’t a good thing.
However that wasn’t the case this week when Duquesne women’s basketball coach Dan Burt spoke to 2020 forward Selma Kulo.
After Burt and his staff watched Kulo play over the summer, he decided to offer this developing forward from Atlanta, Georgia a scholarship to play for the Lady Dukes.
Pittsburgh Sports Now had a chance to catch up with Kulo after she received the exciting news and found out that unlike most players receiving D-1 interest, she hasn’t been playing basketball for very long.
“I started playing basketball in seventh grade and when I started playing, I didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t know the rules or anything,” said Kulo. “My parents came as refugees to the United States from Bosnia in the 90’s. My sister played basketball and my dad played basketball overseas when he was living in Bosnia. I’ve always seen it and been around it but it never occurred to me to start playing until the seventh grade.”
The fact that her dad was an accomplished player is something that has benefited Kulo as she’s trying to develop her all-around game.
“My dad is probably my biggest fan but he does criticize and critique me when I have a bad game and talks to me about things that I need to work on,” said Kulo. “Lately I’ve noticed that my footwork has gotten better and is one of my strengths along with my height because I am six-foot-five. Something that I really work on is my core and to try and get stronger so that I’m able to go up strong to the basket.”
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Kulo is still a relatively raw talent but is promising enough to already be getting D-I offers, Radford was the first followed by Duquesne.
“Coach Burt has been watching me since a tournament in July. When he offered me over the phone it really brought tears to my eyes because getting a scholarship like this is such a big accomplishment. I was very excited and can’t wait to go there for a visit in September.”
“Coach Burt basically knows everything about my family. Basically his whole team is from overseas so he was saying that he knew my background which really caught my eye. He believes that the sky is the limit for me and that everything is possible for me.” said Kulo.